Health and safety in the workplace is important whatever field or industry you’re a part of but if you’re focused on manufacturing, it’s even more pertinent to make the effort to look after the health and wellbeing of your staff. This is because in an industrialised environment the dangers are greater, the risks heightened, and the implications more severe, meaning that even the simplest of accidents could have dramatic consequences.
Read on and find out more about how to create the safest possible working environment for your manufacturers.
Assess the Workspace for Dangers
One of the biggest risks to employee health and safety in a manufacturing business is the workplace itself. Heavy machinery, moving parts and a collection of chemicals and gases can all add up to an environment that is fraught with hazard at every turn. Assessing the workplace for risks is the only sure-fire way to minimize a disastrous outcome, and it’s true what they say, failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
Call in a team of dedicated experts who can assess the safety of your workplace and make recommendations on how to get the most from your business in the safest possible way for all concerned.
Check out this guide for 10 tips on improving workplace safety in manufacturing.
Reduce Human Error with Conveyor Technology
Trips and falls in the workplace while carrying heavy goods and packages is one of the single biggest causes of injury to employees. Of course, at the center of health and safety in the workplace is protecting workers, so if you can safely and efficiently eliminate the need for heavy lifting, then that’s one way in which you can improve health and safety.
Conveyors move heavy goods and products along a belt system designed to dramatically improve efficiencies in industry, but to also take the strain of heavy lifting away from employees.
Accident and Emergency Training
Accidents and emergencies in the workplace do happen, there’s no getting away from that, but by ensuring you’ve trained and readied your employees for an emergency situation will mean they’re able to cope in the face of a catastrophe. Accident and emergency training will most often focus on a couple of key areas, prevention and response.
Firstly, staff will be trained to assess the likelihood of an accident in a given setting and taught how to reduce the chance of an accident happening in the first place. Secondly, they’ll be shown how to respond appropriately to the unfortunate event, so that those working within your company are safe and protected if the worst were to happen.
Fire Risk Audit and Training
Although fires are very uncommon, they can pose a real danger, especially to large industrial businesses in which machinery is constantly whirring away. Fire damage can wreak havoc in industrial businesses, and once a fire takes hold it’s often then impossible to bring it under control quickly.
A fire risk audit can assess the likelihood of an incident at your building and the subsequent training for employees can ensure that in the unlikely event of a fire taking hold, your staff will be prepared to remove themselves from the situation safely.